Ads in U.S. Senate contests turn nasty

By Dave Levinthal

More than seven in 10 U.S. Senate-focused television ads last week attacked or criticized a political candidate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… S. Senate-focused attack ads splashed across Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina. The National Republican Senatorial Committee produced …"

Non-candidate spending increases in state elections

By Rachel Baye, Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Ben Wieder

TV ad spending in state elections since 2010 is down, but the portion ponied up by political nonprofits and state-level super PACs rises.

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil":

"… ve groups such as Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, a nonprofit chaired by oil executive Tim Dunn. The group typically does not air many television ads b …"

Iowa, Michigan bombarded with political ads

By Michael Beckel

Open-seat Senate battles in Iowa and Michigan have attracted a flurry of TV ads.

Koch-backed seniors group low-balling election spending?

By Michael Beckel

The 60 Plus Association tells the IRS it barely spends money on politics — despite funding millions in candidate attack ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… Public Integrity review of federal tax documents and data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics, five nonprofits that are part of the Koch brothers’ network supplied ne …"

Attack ads may actually be benefiting Obamacare enrollment

By Wendell Potter

Publicity from attacks may actually help hike enrollment.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… t per capita spending on anti-Obamacare ads so far are Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina, where hotly contested Senate races are underway. Senat …"

"… ld on to his seat while Democrats Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina are facing serious re-election threats. Th …"

U.S. Chamber targets Dems in state attorney general races

By Ben Wieder

Why are powerful business interests underwriting ads in AG races in the states?

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Washington Post":

"… is inclusion last year on a “top 10” list of rising political stars by The Washington Post’s “The Fix” blog, might explain the early interest in his race. Also …"

Daily Disclosure: Obama slammed with $37 million in attack ads

By Rachael Marcus

Obama is hit with $37 million in attack ads, Romney with less than $1 million

Super PACs, nonprofits favored Romney over Obama

By Michael Beckel and Russ Choma

Funds from outside contributors neutralized Obama's fundraising advantage.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… roups combined — including the top GOP super PACs Restore Our Future and American Crossroads and conservative nonprofits Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity.Su …"

"… store Our Future's spending went toward negative ads, as did 95 percent of American Crossroads' expenditures.Many of these ads have criticized Obama’s handling of the …"

Daily Disclosure: Tea party PAC turns Democratic attack on its head

By Rachael Marcus

A new attack ad from a tea party-aligned PAC say President Barack Obama treats the presidency as "spring break."

Daily Disclosure: Ads by anonymous political groups bash Obama on big night

By Rachael Marcus

President Barack Obama will take center stage amid a barrage of negative ads in North Carolina.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… n independent. …"

Environmental groups target New Mexico Senate race

By Alexandra Duszak and Reity O'Brien

Environmental groups are outspending big business for New Mexico Senate seat.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… hantment,” possesses extraordinary beauty and complex politics.President Barack Obama won the state by 15 points in 2008, yet it has a Republican governor, Susa …"

Daily Disclosure: Crossroads GPS hits North Dakota's Heitkamp

By Rachael Marcus

GOP-aligned dark money group Crossroads GPS launches second round of ads in North Dakota in as many weeks.

Former governor wins GOP Senate nod in Wisconsin

By Reity O'Brien and Michael Beckel

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson wins despite heavy spending by conservative super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… y of Health and Human Services, was backed by GOP leaders including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Indiana Gov. Mitch D …"

Daily Disclosure: U.S. Chamber drops $5.9 million on ad blitz

By Rachael Marcus

Ad blitz targets eight key Senate races with attack ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Steelman":

"… Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and former Republican state treasurer Sarah Steelman$400,000 for “Mainers Know,” opposing former Maine Gov. Angus King, an …"

"… mocrats. The only Republican senatorial candidate it has attacked is Sarah Steelman in Missouri, because the Chamber favors her rival, Republican businessman …"

"… President Obama’s opposition.The Missouri ad links Democrat McCaskill to Steelman, one of her Republican rivals, saying they both support “union bosses” …"

"… , saying they both support “union bosses” and “trial lawyers.” But Steelman, who is up against Brunner in a primary on Aug. 7, has said she strongly f …"

FEC deadlocks on Super PAC ad coordination with candidates

By Sandy Johnson

American Crossroads had sought approval to coordinate its ads with candidates

One House seat in Kentucky embodies how outside groups dominate politics — with money

By Anne Farris Rosen

Candidates become mere pawns as big-money groups duke it out with attack ads

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bluegrass Committee":

"… he has not seen Law since 1993. McConnell’s political action committee, Bluegrass Committee, contributed $5,000 to Barr in 2010.Crossroads’ bankerAmerican Crossroad …"

Tim Pawlenty's ties to "Swift Boat" Bob Perry

By Delal Pektas and Kelsey Sheehy

Texas donor of "Swift Boat" fame has long come to Tim Pawlenty's aid

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Pawlenty":

"… graduate program of Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. …"

"… impact in that election,” Martin said. “If it wasn’t for Bob Perry, Tim Pawlenty’s political career would be over — before it started.”The negative a …"

The final countdown

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

If the story of this election is the rise of outside spending, the lesson we at You Report Election 2010 learned is that following the money

Crossroads GPS ad attacks Harry Reid, and attack ads

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Crossroads Grassroots Political Strategies (GPS), a conservative group that has poured millions of dollars into attack ads, is airing a new

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… lespie, Crossroads GPS is tax-exempt 501(c)(4) advocacy group connected to American Crossroads. The group’s new 30-second ad encourages Nevada voters to defeat the Sen …"

"… atic Sen. Patty Murray.Jonathan Collegio, spokesman for Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads, explained the strategy behind the ad. “Toward the end of the election c …"

Campaign MoneyWatch takes aim at Ken Buck’s loaded history

By Aaron Mehta and Josh Israel

It must be Ken Buck week here at You Report central. A reader in Colorado followed up yesterday’s post about an education group’s attack ad